Price: $250.00 CAD
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Duffield and Company
Date Published: 1909
Edition: First American Edition
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 303196
Octavo, original gray-blue cloth stamped in red and green with a decorative device of two entwined cobras on front panel. 310 pp. Cloth a bit speckled at base of spine panel, slight spine lean, a very good bright copy. ¶ Maugham's famous novel concerning the magician Oliver Haddo, who studies the occult, ancient alchemy and modern biology, and successfully creates a homunculus. Haddo is closely modeled on Aleister Crowley, and the character of Margaret Dauncey is based on Crowley's first wife, Rose Kelly. "The Magician was basically the story of [the marriage between Rose Kelly and Aleister Crowley]... and of the strange dominiation of Crowley over his future wife" (R.L. Calder, W. Somerset Maugham and the Quest for Freedom, London: Heinemann, 1972, p. 75). Crowley wrote a review of THE MAGICIAN and signed it "Oliver Haddo"; as well, Oliver Haddo was the name of the protagonist in Louis Wilkinson's biographical novel FORTH, BEAST (Faber, 1946, written under the pseudonym Louis Marlow - Wilkinson was one of the executors of Crowley's will).